Articles, Blogs, and Rants

Thinking About It All Wrong

The image above is from a YouTube video posted in 2009 – a sort of warning to boaters about the benefits of safety gear like life jackets and kill switches. I’m posting it here as a warning about how wrong some people are about what is safe and what isn’t. Our man, Greg – the […]

Self Rescue – Falling Through Ice

In 2002, my friend and mentor (and maniac) Dr. Gordon Geisbrecht fell – on purpose – through the ice on a frozen lake. He wanted to demonstrate just how those who fall through the ice can survive and help themselves.  Advice is also given to amateur and professional rescuers.  I ran across the video on […]

Mea Culpa – Repost

(Well – that took a little longer than I thought it should (3 years?) but Blagojevich finally found out he did something wrong.  A few years ago, the incredulous way he said “I did nothing wrong”  compelled me to write a few words on blame.  I’m re-posting now in honor of …accountability.)   After years […]

This Much

By MarioNovember 29, 2011 Boating Safety

I simply thought this quick video on drowning prevention out of Sydney Australia was worth sharing. Please like it, share it, email – or just plain remember it yourself when caring for small children. ~ Mario

Generation Vet: The New Young Heroes

By MarioNovember 11, 2011 Leadership, Military

These young men and women (two-thirds of them were under 28 years old) had joined the service between 2003 and 2007. What that means is that they spent years of their young lives watching their friends and families come home dead or wounded and still said, “Sign me up.” At a time in the world where going into harms way was an “imperative” rather than a remote possibility, these people had volunteered anyway.

Boy Brought Back After Drowning

By MarioAugust 9, 2011 Water Safety

Francesco Pia, PhD. Discusses the Instinctive Drowning Response using one of his examples from Orchard Beach in NY. And now for the happy ending:

Good Guard Bad Guard

By MarioJune 4, 2011 Risk, Water Safety

It’s July and hot outside and you head to the neighborhood pool for the day.  The kids want to swim and you just want to be doing nothing for awhile.  Everyone files through the gate as you scan for an open lounge chair and your friends.  The kids have sunscreen on, you have your book, […]